The Job Hunting Podcast

20. The bad and heartless online career advice and how to protect yourself from it

March 4, 2020

Hi, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host The Job Hunting Podcast

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Episode Notes

This is an episode I didn’t think I would ever record. But then I reflected some more, and it seemed like the right thing to do.

This audio was first a Facebook Live video, and in fact it is my most popular video. I’ve been in two minds about sharing it on this podcast, because after posting it on my Facebook it really crystalized on my mind that I really, really want to always be a beam of light for you. I want to be positive, motivational, boosting your confidence and your resiliency so that you can go through your career transition with my support to achieve your career goals.

Ultimately, I decided that, for that same reason, I had to do this video live and now I'm sharing it with you on the podcast. Because of my deep concern that people will read these bad advices online and get themselves into a hut, make bad decisions and not even realize that these advices are poor and ill-considered in the first place. It’s because of situations such as the ones I describe in this episode that I finally decided this is enough: I can’t just be complaining about these things all the time. I want to take action and walk the talk. I know I can guide and coach job hunters and help professionals make better career choices, so this is what I’ve decided to do.

My purpose is to protect professionals in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Those of us who have to manage our careers over time, to ensure it has longevity, and that we can be employed and our skills needed, and our career fulfilling.

I don’t plan to do a lot of critiquing in the future, but by doing this one in the beginning of our journey together, I believe it was important for me personally to cement my philosophy and what I was trying to achieve and how I was different, and also for my followers to be aware of potential pitfalls of seeking advice and solutions online: remember to check your sources, check if the advice is applicable to your specific situation, validate it by running it past an expert or mentor, and if it still doesn’t feel right, don’t risk it.

Key takeaways: 

  1. Don’t quit your job on the first day!!: Maybe you're there to be that transformation.
  2. Don’t quit if your workspace isn't ready for you, or your email address: You might be there to actually create the workspace and develop a whole new area.
  3. Don’t quit if they talk about policies but not mission, vision and values.: You're there to serve, but you're also there to transform. They hired you because there is something that you need to do to help your organisation. Yes, purpose is important and you have to work for organisations that have a purpose. But they don't need to talk about it. They may just exude it.
  4. No, people asking for endorsements on LinkedIn are not bullies! People change cities, jobs, towns, countries. And they may not have a network there to advocate for them, to champion them into a new area or career. And every time you write an endorsement, think about the readership. What is it that an employer needs to know about this person?”


And also:

  1. Stay put, keep your job, give them time.
  2. Follow mentors, professionals and experts that you have your best interest at heart and that you admire. but always have a critical sense to know when they have crossed a line or reached their limit.

I look forward to speaking to you soon! Remember to book your session with me by joining my community here: *

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!


Bye for now


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